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bird's-eye

noun \ ˈbərdz-ˌī \

Definition of bird's-eye

1 :any of numerous plants with small bright-colored flowers; especially :a speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)
2 a :an allover pattern for textiles consisting of a small diamond with a center dot
b :a fabric woven with this pattern
3 :a small spot in wood surrounded with an ellipse of concentric fibers

First Known Use of bird's-eye

1597


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bird's-eye

adjective

Definition of bird's-eye

1 :marked with spots resembling birds' eyes
2 :having or involving a bird's-eye view
  • bird's-eye perspective

First Known Use of bird's-eye

1665


bird's-eye maple

noun

Definition of bird's-eye maple

:wood of the sugar maple having a wavy grain that causes markings resembling eyes

First Known Use of bird's-eye maple

1793


bird's-eye view

noun

Definition of bird's-eye view

1 :a view from a high angle as if seen by a bird in flight
2 :an overall or cursory look at something

First Known Use of bird's-eye view

1771


bird's-foot trefoil

noun \ ˈbərdz-ˌfu̇t- \

Definition of bird's-foot trefoil

:a yellow-flowered European herb (Lotus corniculatus) of the legume family that has claw-shaped pods and is widely grown for forage and for erosion control

First Known Use of bird's-foot trefoil

1701


bird's-foot violet

noun

Definition of bird's-foot violet

:a common violet (Viola pedata) of the eastern U.S. with deeply cleft leaves and pale blue to purple flowers

First Known Use of bird's-foot violet

1802


bird's-nest fern

noun \ ˈbərdz-ˌnest- \

Definition of bird's-nest fern

:a large epiphytic spleenwort (Asplenium nidus) of tropical Asia and Polynesia that has large lance-shaped leaves and is often grown as a houseplant

First Known Use of bird's-nest fern

1848


bird's nest soup

noun

Definition of bird's nest soup

:a soup made with the nest of a swiftlet (especially Collocalia fuciphaga) that builds it using a glutinous secretion from its salivary glands

First Known Use of bird's nest soup

1744


bird's-beak

noun

Definition of bird's-beak

plural bird's-beaks
1 :an architectural molding with a section resembling a beak
2
[so called from the shape of the flower]
:a California herb of the genus Cordylanthus (family Scrophulariaceae)

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bird's-bread

noun

Definition of bird's-bread

plural bird's-breads
:a stonecrop (Sedum acre)

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bird's-egg green

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bird's-eye primrose

noun

Definition of bird's-eye primrose

:any of several bright-flowered primroses; especially :bird's-eye 1a

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bird's-eye rot

noun

Definition of bird's-eye rot

:anthracnose of the grape caused by a fungus (Elsinoe ampelina) and manifested by small sunken dark fruit spots with light centers

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bird's-eye spot

noun

Definition of bird's-eye spot

:a disease of plants characterized by round dark spots with lighter surrounding tissue suggesting the appearance of a bird's eye: such as
a :a disease of tea leaves caused by a fungus (Cercospora theae)
b :a leaf spot of the Hevea rubber tree caused by a fungus (Helminthosporium heveae)

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bird's-foot

noun \ ˈbərdz-ˌfu̇t \
variants: or less commonly bird-foot \ˈbərd-ˌfu̇t\

Definition of bird's-foot

plural bird's-foots also bird-foots
:any of numerous plants having leaves or flowers resembling the foot of a bird; specifically :a plant of the genus Ornithopus having bent and jointed pods or of the related genera Lotus and Trigonella

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bird's-foot clover

noun

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bird's-foot fern

noun

Definition of bird's-foot fern

:a rock brake (Pellaea ornithopus) of the Pacific coast of North America having some of the lower pinnules replaced by secondary pinnae each consisting of three sessile pinnules arranged so as to suggest a bird's foot

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bird's knotgrass

noun

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bird's-mouth

noun

Definition of bird's-mouth

plural bird's-mouths
:an interior angle of notch cut across the end of a piece of timber to receive the edge of another piece

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bird's nest

noun

Definition of bird's nest

1 :the nest in which a bird lays eggs and hatches young
2 a :edible bird's nest; also :a substitute used in the preparation of soup
b :any of several dishes commonly containing nuts or fruit (such as an apple dumpling or a cobbler)
3 :any of several plants having a real or fancied resemblance to a bird's nest; especially :wild carrot
4 :crow's nest 1a
5 a :a snarl of fishing line at the reel :backlash
b :a mass of tangled hair
  • If the younger girl's hair was a bird's nest of tangles, her choice of clothing torn blue jeans and an oversized sweater spotted with burrs and prickly seeds, it was simply because she was endlessly active.
  • —Charles de LintMemory and Dream1994
  • Irie … turned up for her appointment three-thirty on the dot, … a headscarf disguising the bird's nest of her hair, her right hand carefully placed upon her stomach.
  • —Zadie SmithWhite Teeth2000

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BIRD'S-EYE Defined for English Language Learners

bird's-eye

adjective

Definition of bird's-eye for English Language Learners

  • : seen from high above


BIRD'S-EYE Defined for Kids

bird's-eye

adjective \ ˈbərdz-ˌī \

Definition of bird's-eye for Students

:seen from above as if by a flying bird
  • a bird's-eye view of the city


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